What’s interesting is if you look at origins of the marijuana prohibition in this country, it coincides with a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment… really since the early years of this century, the war on marijuana has been much more a war on the sort of people who smoke it, be they Mexicans or blacks or jazz musicians or beatniks or hippies or hip-hop artists. It’s really been a war on nonconformists and the laws against marijuana have been used as a way of reasserting what are seen as traditional American values.

Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser

Here’s a link to the rest of the article talking about how marijuana smokers actually perform better on lung tests than cigarette smokers and nonsmokers. 

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